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Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson, 20th Anniversary Edition Paperback – October 8, 2002
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“A wonderful book, a story of the heart told by a writer with soul.” —Los Angeles Times
“An extraordinary contribution to the literature of death.” —Boston Globe
“One of those books that kind of sneaked up and grabbed people's hearts over time.” —Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“An elegantly simple story about a writer getting a second chance to discover life through the death of a friend.” —Tampa Tribune
“As sweet and nourishing as fresh summer corn . . . the book begs to be read aloud.” —USA Today
From the Inside Flap
For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.
Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded, and the world seemed colder. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you, receive wisdom for your busy life today the way you once did when you were younger?
Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying, Morrie visited with Mitch in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final "class": lessons in how to live.
"Tuesdays with Morrie is a magical chronicle of their time together, through which Mitch shares Morrie's lasting gift with the world.
"From the Hardcover edition.
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In “Tuesdays With Morrie,” Morrie was a teacher that had an endless amount of love for his job. He made connections with many of his students, and saw many of them as his friends. He and his student, Mitch, had become extremely close with one another. Years passed by and Mitch graduated, unfortunately losing touch with his beloved teacher. While he is living his own live, Morrie has entered a life long struggle. He has been “diagnosed with ALS, and not given very long to live” (Albom, 46). The moment Mitch gets word of this, he knows that he needs to meet with him and catch up before it’s too late. The two decide to meet every Tuesday. During these gatherings, Morrie teaches Mitch lessons that he could not possibly receive from anyone else. He tells him of his entire life, along with his mistakes, and his new found discoveries. His words change Mitch and all of his previous beliefs. This teacher has given his student the greatest gift of all, the gift of wisdom.
I loved this book even more than I thought I would. The lessons are so raw and completely valuable to anyone who reads. Your perspective on life will be altered after reading this inspirational story. The love between these two people is so beautiful and deep-rooted. They were not even family, yet they were closer than many fathers and sons will ever be. They shared an unbreakable bond that strengthened throughout the journey of Morrie’s illness. I highly recommend this read to everyone who wants to learn a few lessons regarding life as a whole. You will not be disappointed. I hope you all take the time to read this beautiful piece of literature, it is something that everyone should read at least once in their lives. LK
I cannot recommend this book more highly. For anyone, anywhere, traveling this road of life.
Whether you’re looking for a quick read or a meaningful book, Tuesdays with Morrie is guaranteed to leave you satisfied with a new outlook on life. After hearing news of Morrie’s impending death, Mitch takes a break from being a workaholic and goes back to visit his professor. Mitch becomes a developed character after listening and comprehending Morrie’s “last class”. Morrie tells various stories and outlooks on life which leave the reader looking for more advice and insight; for example, one of my favorite quotes from the book reads “Death ends a life, not a relationship”. This is truly a book which discusses the meaning of life, the priorities of life, and the perspectives of life.
While this book can be a bit sad, as it discusses death and such, I still recommend this to those mature enough. However, do not be surprised if you become attached to the character Morrie and find yourself upset as you read about what he goes through on a daily basis with his disease. Besides that, Tuesdays with Morrie is a book that all people should read and enjoy. Find time to sit down, to enjoy, and to reflect on Morrie’s pure advice on life.
This book has easy narrative flow even though it switches back and forth in time period. Whenever I stress about certain things in life, I think about Morrie and just like that, it shifts my perspective on life and its events.
Top international reviews
"Tuesdays with Morrie" is one of the most beautiful book I’ve read in a long, long time. This book truly inspired me.
The author, Mitch Albom, narrates his series of weekly meetings with his Professor from his graduate days. Professor Morrie and Mitch have beautiful conversations on aging, death, money, emotions, family etc which impart life changing lessons. With each issue discussed, you feel a sort of connection with Mitch’s situation and thus Morrie’s lessons don’t end up becoming teachings to Mitch alone.
This book is much more than just a dying man's last words. It will put you on an emotional rollercoaster. And in this era of materialistic possessions, this book will bring you a little closer to life. It is simple, engaging and beautiful. In just 200 pages it says so much more than those 1000 page epics.
It will always be one of my favorite books.
This book is a true story between Mitch Albom and his teacher/coach. A coach who teaches him the meaning of life and Mitch Albom has done greatness to his coach by living his words of being helpful to others by writing the book to help us.
A self-help book but it doesn't sound like one, it doesn't instruct(which has been happening in a lot of self-help books) but tells us what needs to be put in practice to live a better life. It's can be a story for few and it can be a guide to life for few.
I only had a thought of reading this book to my child repeatedly and I would suggest every parent to do so. Parenting is getting difficult with kids getting exposed to technology but books like these will help a child a lot more than talking to them and making them understand our thoughts and action.
Very few books have a strong power to rule our thoughts and this book has great power. After reading this book I really appreciate everything around me and I don't regret much. My life has a new perspective and I feel responsible.
It's never too late. Thanks to the author for this great book.
Anyway, the way everything is described in the book seems like such an ideal world, where everything can be pasted on a greeting card and sold off. Everything is extremely dramatic and prolonged, and filled with clichés like ‘Love conquers everything’ (Oh really, I never heard that one before!)
Definitely, this book is ‘nice’. You know, that feeling of goodness, happiness mixed with a bit of sorrow, where you read things and the world seems like a better place because the words touch as they describe an ideal way of living, an ideal life, and defines the true meaning of life. Well, you get that feeling reading this book, right from the first page.
‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ definitely encourages the reader to stop and think about what is important in life. However, I think it falls short in giving any new insights over the subject. It does tell you how to figure out life’s meaning or priorities for your own self, it will not help you in achieving that balance in life where you live like there’s no tomorrow, while simultaneously being aware of your future responsibilities.
Morrie was a great guy, a nice guy. He has great things to say throughout the book. Almost half the book can be simply picked up and passed on as a profound quote against a beautiful background and would make up for a great greeting card. The book is not really a story, but more like a conversation between a student and his dying teacher. Many parts, where Morrie talks about the real meaning of life, about giving, about love, about sharing the happiness, it really touches your heart and you would definitely feel the emotion. However, the message from the first page is pretty simple and nothing new - “Surround yourself with loved ones and know what is important, and don't get caught with money and business. We have heard that a million times!”. Well, everybody knows that, nothing new.
Some sections in the book, I did not like at all. For instance, Morrie’s views on marriage or having children. Well, these are things very subjective to each individual.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
- “Well, for one thing, the culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We're teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it. Create your own. Most people can't do it.”
- “Love is how you stay alive, even after you are gone.”
- “Don’t cling to things because everything is impermanent.”
- “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they're busy doing things they think are important. This is because they're chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
- “Life is a series of pulls back and forth... A tension of opposites, like a pull on a rubber band. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. A wrestling match...Which side wins? Love wins. Love always wins”
- “This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It's knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.”
- “If you're trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you're trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. The status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone.”
- “There is a big confusion in this country over what we want versus what we need...you need food. You want a chocolate sundae.”
To conclude, It’s a light read and a short book, you can pick it up and finish over a weekend. Some people will just love it, while more mature readers might think it otherwise. Cheers!
Both learn to value friendship, to relish in the simplest delights in life and to seize the day while there is opportunity.
Stop . Look . Listen . Love .
Thank you Mitch for sharing